Novak Djokovic, rallied from a set down to beat Juan Monaco 4-6, 6-2, 6-2 on Thursday to reach the quarter-finals in two hours.
Monaco made a break in the third game of the opening set and consolidated it for 3-1 lead. Novak fought back in the eighth game to level at 4-all, but was broken once again, and the no.14 seed won it 6-4 after 46 minutes of play.
Nole lifted the level of his game in the second set, showing why he is the best player in the world. He was more aggressive, hitting more winners and making less unforced errors to wrap it up 6-2.
The two-time runner-up sealed the decisive third set 6-2 to improve to a 23-2 record of the season.
“I had a part of the match where I twisted it again, unfortunately,” said Djokovic. “But I managed to overcome that pain.”
“I think that my ankle is in a good state as the days are passing by. Today was a big test, I had a great quality opponent.” “I tried to shorten the points. I served well when I needed to”.
Match statistics: aces (5-0), double faults (3-2), winners (25-10), unforced errors (45-37), total points won (84-71).
For a place in the last four, Novak will meet world no.49 Jarkko Nieminen of Finland who upset fifth-seeded Argentine Juan Martin del Potro 6-4, 4-6, 7-6.
Source: ATPWorldTour.com ; novakdjokovic.com; 10balls.com